Liverpool's Luis Suarez has indicated that he has every intention of fighting a lengthy Football Association ban after denying the governing bodies' suggestion that a standard three game ban is inadequate following his bite on Branislav Ivanovic.
The Uruguayan's international accepted his charge of violent conduct on Tuesday afternoon, following last weekend's unsavoury scenes at Anfield as Liverpool drew 2-2 with Chelsea, where he was caught by Sky Sports cameras biting the Blues defender on the arm.
But the forward appears to be ready to contest an extended ban that could be handed down by the Independent Regulatory Commission later this afternoon, after the FA suggested a standard three game ban will not suffice, due to the severity of the offence.
"Luis Suarez has today accepted a charge of violent conduct, following an incident with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday's fixture at Anfield," a statement issued by the FA read.
"However, Suarez has denied the FA's claim that the standard punishment of three matches is clearly insufficient for this offence. The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed."
A precedent for a case bizarre as Suarez's has already been set by the Dutch FA, who chose to ban the forward for seven games in 2010 when he was caught biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal while he was playing for Ajax . The FA may be prepared to hand the controversial Suarez a longer ban given the seriousness of the incident.
In addition to being widely condemned by a host of pundits and former players, Liverpool immediately fined the player for the incident on Monday afternoon, with Suarez offering to pay it to the Hillsborough Families Supporters Group.
Suarez has previously been banned by the FA for eight games, after English football's governing body charged the forward and fined him £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a clash in October 2011.
The Independent Regulatory Commission will come to their conclusion during a video conference on Wednesday afternoon.